WOMEN must keep their husbands’ mistresses close in order to “safeguard their health”, an MDC-T lawmaker says.
Thabitha Khumalo, the MP for Bulawayo East, says ALL men will cheat at some point – and it is up to their wives to strike an “understanding” with their mistresses to avoid transferring sexually-transmitted diseases.
Khumalo – whose controversial views on relationships have befuddled parliamentary colleagues – was reacting to comments by Vice President Joice Mujuru that “most marriages fail because we want to fight with other women who are reportedly seeing our husbands”.
Mujuru was making reference to her late husband Solomon's philandering ways. She said women must be “faithful and trustworthy”, adding: “Try to build the family where you see strife.”
Khumalo, who has been leading calls for the legalisation of prostitution, welcomed Mujuru’s advice.
She told the Standard newspaper: “That is brilliant advice. Under normal circumstances, he is expected to be yours alone, but I am sorry to say in reality, these men engage with other women and thus you have zero chances of having him all to yourself.”
Khumalo is advising women to establish friendship with their husbands’ mistresses “so that they know the whereabouts of their men ”.
She warns that fighting the other woman, commonly referred to locally as a “small house”, will push their men to other women and increase the risk of catching HIV.
“Befriend the small house, understand the woman your man is with and safeguard your health and his,” she said.